Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Rosie O’Donnell’s Beautiful Tribute to Nora Ephron


Rosie O’Donnell has written a beautiful tribute to Nora Ephron on her site, www.rosie.com. Nora put Rosie in “Sleepless in Seattle” as Meg Ryan’s pal. They remained good friends, and when Ephron opened “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” off Broadway to acclaim, Rosie was in the original cast. In fact, she wrote her own monologue that Ephron incorporated into the play. PS It seems like Rosie is getting married imminently from postings on the site. Congrats, Rosie!


like a cyst that won’t pop
til u slice the top
i squeezed for weeks
nothing came

and now
hearing about nora
it burst
flowing over my everything

sadness i hold at bay
fears i pretend r not
love that runs deep
piercing me

my eyes r dead
i can see it in the way others see me
concern worry
i look sad – tired

depression is knocking
familiar thuds
thunder through
storm front warnings

we met in the Apthorp
the Dakota’s sister building
classic new york
just like Nora

the front room was all bookshelves
i waited on an antique bench
taking in which books
she felt worthy of keeping at hand

as i had
each one of hers
i was 21 when i read heartburn
and fell in love with her

she called me in the kitchen
black and white tiny checked floor tiles
she sat – folded her hands and smiled at me
we talked

it was 1992 – i was 30
League had been shot but not released
i was mostly a stand up comic
former VJ

i read the script
she laughed
she went into her office and handed me a new scene
she and delia had just finished writing

i did that one
she laughed again
sat back
folded her hands and smiled at me

out on the street i called my agent
i got the job – i said
no he said that was only a first audition
no – i said – i got the job

i did – and so much more
she took me inside her life
taught me so much
welcomed me

she knew about love
nora did

last night
back in her apartment
full of broken hearts
we remembered her

her brains
her beauty
her brilliance
her bravery

it feels impossible
that she is not around

and what now
we will gather on the 9th
and celebrate all
nora is


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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